Bracket Projection: Oklahoma

The Sooners must get the inside game working if they want to advance

Updated: March 21, 2013, 12:08 PM ET
By Charlie Creme | ESPN Insider
Romero OsbyJamie Squire/Getty ImagesRomero Osby led Oklahoma in both points and rebounds per game this season.

Lon Kruger is at it again. The Oklahoma Sooners are now the fifth school he has led to the NCAA tournament. Just like at his previous stops at Kansas State, Florida, Illinois and UNLV, getting to the Dance was accomplished by his second season. With one goal accomplished so quickly, what does OU have to do to take the next step and win in the tourney?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.

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Lunardi's Logic

The Sooners have been a .500 team since the middle of January and that may not bode well against a tourney-tested San Diego State team. Credit Lon Kruger for taking a fifth different team to the Big Dance, but Oklahoma's stay could be a short one. But the Sooners will be back, and soon, and win multiple times upon their return.

TOURNEY PROFILE

Best wins: Oklahoma State, Kansas, Iowa State

Worst losses: at Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin, at Texas, at TCU

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Women's College Basketball
Charlie Creme projects the women's NCAA Tournament bracket for ESPN.com.